ANDHRA PRADESH

Panel to visit other countries to identify solutions to traffic woes

Special Correspondent

HYDERABAD: A team of officials will visit major cities in the world to study vehicular traffic and identify solutions that can be replicated to put an end to the daily traffic jams in the twin cities.

The team will include one official each from Police and Transport Departments and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. A decision to depute the team was taken by Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy while reviewing traffic problems of the city here on Tuesday.

Home Minister P. Sabita Reddy, who attended the meeting along with Municipal Administration Minister A. Ramanarayan Reddy, later told reporters that the committee would be asked to submit its report with recommendations in three to four months.

She said decisions had also been taken to give full-fledged training to home-guards in tackling traffic problems, and establish better coordination among the Police and Transport Departments and Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.

The Minister said as directed by the Chief Minister, top traffic police officials would be asked to come out of their offices and monitor vehicular traffic during peak hours in the morning and evening.

The Minister said a number of steps had already been taken to avoid traffic jams in the city, citing the ongoing implementation of Outer Ring Road, construction of numerous flyovers .

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